Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cribbage Hall of Famer Joe Bernard: pegged out

From The Daily Herald:

"Joseph F. Bernard of Antioch: Joseph F. Bernard, 76, formerly of Libertyville, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Libertyville, to Charles and Anna Bernard. His father, for whom Lake Charles in Libertyville was named, died of mustard gas poisoning in World War I, before Joe was born. He was a Libertyville resident for most his life, residing in Antioch for the past 10 years. He was a 1950 graduate of Libertyville High School and attended Lake Forest College. He was a member of the Army and a volunteer fireman for the Libertyville Fire Department. He was an avid card player and was a life member of the American Cribbage Congress. Joe achieved the rank of Master 2 stars, was elected to the Cribbage Hall of Fame, and served as the Midwest Regional Manager. He was delighted to have recently won his favorite tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and made many dear friends while playing in the circuit. He also loved fishing with his sons, kidding with his grandchildren, Snapple peach ice tea, Klondike bars and word or number puzzles. "How will we survive without his delightful wit and sense of fun*" Surviving are is wife, Cynthia of Antioch; four children, Cheryl (Ran) Davis of Gurnee, Pam (Glenn) Diedrich of Winthrop Harbor, Stephen (Nancy) Bernard of Antioch and Chris (Jennifer) Bernard of Chicago; six grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Diedrich, Rebecca, Shaun and Leah Davis, and Ethan Bernard; one sister, Mary Ann (Jack) Meyers of Viroqua, Wis.; one brother, Charles "Jerry" (the late Ellie) Bernard of Mundelein; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, "Chick" Bernard. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 W. Park Ave. (Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville. The funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at Ascension Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation. For information, 847-362-3009."

Original article here.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wawatay cribbage notes...

From Wawatay News:

"...I sat down to play cribbage with a friend of mine the other night. I haven’t played this game in a long time and it took me a few turns before it came back to me.

I was reintroduced to the game by Don Paquette, a friend of mine who I had a visit with in the hospital.

Don is a big guy with a big heart and he really knows his crib. He is an avid cribbage player who has played all his life.

His dad taught him the game and he has passed it on to his children and many more people over the years. He loves the game so much that he put up with my amateur playing..."

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Cribbage board pictures...

From Diana Nick and Sam:

"...When I think of cribbage the first image that comes to mind is one from my childhood. My mother always had a cribbage board stowed in the bottom cupboard of our buffet table in our dining room. I can remember seeing it stowed under there and wondering each time what it was for. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that a friend taught me how to play. Many years after that I learned that my mother and grandmother used to play cribbage. But for some reason my mom could never get my dad to learn the game. Nick comes from a cribbage playing family, so somewhere while we were dating it became our game. We have a fold up board that we take on "dates" with us. Adam and his girlfriend, Heidi, have come over a few times and have played against us. For Christmas the two of them went to visit Heidi's family in Alaska and while there they made us a beautiful cribbage board..."


Monday, February 2, 2009

48 countries...

Somewhere between Jan. 20 and today we jumped from 46 countries to 48 countries stopping in to check out the blog. Very cool!

Also, just to announce that the next Crash Cribbage online tournament will be this Wednesday! Sign up now at eCribbage.com.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Great game gate...

From The Great Game Gate:

"...Cribbage was developed by the poet Sir John Suckling sometime in the early 17th century. The exact date is unknown, but most scholars put it around 1630. The game is actually a variant on an old English game called "noddy", which has virtually disappeared from the public eye now. Cribbage is generally a two player game, though it is playable by one, three, or four. I'll mostly be talking about the two player version, and will mention the others at the end of this post..."

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Cribbage at Terminal Island...

From DD Behind The Wall:

"..."15-2, 15-4, and a pair for 6"

Usually, pegging 6 points in cribbage on the south yard with my cribbage group arouse some flak and trash talk. But not today.

South Yard has a nice view of the Long Beach Harbor. Pigeons make their cooing noises as one older man feeds peanuts to them. Oddly quiet on a Thursday afternoon, there is tension in the air. Today there is less "human noise" and only the pigeons, slapping of dominoes, and the strangely calming clink-clank coming from the weight pile can be heard. If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can hear past the barbed wire and hear the beep-boop-beep-boop of the cranes loading my Thursday friend, Hapag-Lloyd.

However, we are all waiting; waiting for last year to happen again. It was unforgettable for those who were there and re-counted it in vivid detail for those who were not. Watching TV, someone changed the channel, and a fist pummeled into the nose of the offender. The offender scurried out and the assailant pursued with ferocious fervor. An ill-equipped female guard pleaded on deaf ears to stop the melee. The red panic button she carried was pressed into the shell of her walkie-talkie and Guard Tower 2 responded...'

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Cribbage from the dump...

From Notes From the Dump:

"...…Dennis (above) was talking about cribbage but metaphorically in life it amounts to the same thing, you just keep bobbing and weaving and hoping you can cut a Jack..."

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A fishy cribbage tournament

From Stripers Online:

"...Learner came away with all with all the plugs & jigs by winning the 4th Mass SOL Cribbage Challenge! Learner shot through the Winners Bracket of the double elimination event by defeating Lost in Central, XYZ, and by a very close margin Angler#1. Angler #1 was concerned that his one goal of meeting Learner in the finals of one of these events was once again taken away by chance. But, he soon realized that by dropping back to the losers bracket and scoring one victory his lifelong goal could still be achieved Angler was now focused on the losers bracket and watched as Basser was working his way up the bracket by defeating all the earlier losers. Basser emerged from the bracket to take on Angler #1..."


Cribbage and car makers...

From Columbus Dispatch.com:

"...Kenneth Green, a tall, bony, cribbage-loving fan of the Detroit Tigers, left his family's farm outside the village of Morrice and traveled about 25 miles to become a tool-and-die maker for Oldsmobile.

When son Richard turned 18, he followed his dad's career, breaking only for a stint in the Marines.

At Oldsmobile, Richard's starting wage was about $2 an hour. More than money, what made being an autoworker especially appealing was security.

"If you went to work here, you were a good employee, and you did things right, you'd have a job for life," Richard Green said..."

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